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Collecta-Belle: Autographs

I find old celebrity autographs to be really interesting.  The first one I ever got was Lauren Bacall at a book signing she did for her book By Myself And Then Some at Book Soup in Hollywood.  It was an adventure for sure, and she was quite intimidating (and it didn’t help that I made a total ass of myself in front of her.  I had planned to mention how I loved her and Bogie but all that came out of my mouth was “You were good friends with Larry and Vivien”.  FAIL).  Of course all of my other favorite celebrities are dead, so acquiring autographs took some work and a bit of good luck, along with the kindness of strangers.

I thought I’d share my collection thus far.  It’s not overly big, but I love it!

Tarquin Olivier, signed in London, February 2009
Terry Coleman, signed in London, February 2009
Laurence Olivier, signed in 1946
Ralph Richardson, signed in 1945
Tyrone Guthrie, signed in 1958
Angus McBean, signed in 1938
Michel Saint-Denis, signed in 1958
Laurence Olivier, signed in 1958
Laurence Olivier, signed in 1958
Vivien Leigh, signed to John Buckmaster, 1950
Lauren Bacall, signed in Hollywood, March 2005

Do you have any Larry or Vivien, or classic celebrity autographs?

Kendra has been the weblady at since 2007. She lives in Yorkshire and is the author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, and co-author of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies (Running Press). Follow her on Twitter @kendrajbean, Instagram at @vivandlarrygram, or at her official website.

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Comments (9)

  1. Great autos! I don’t have any fabulous ones but I do have two from Joan Fontaine, Richard Dix, Ben Lyon, and some handwriting from Katharine Hepburn lol.

  2. That’s an impressive collection!
    I’m not sure if I have any famous autographs… Maybe I told you this before, but I bought Katherine Hepburn’s autobiography at a used book store, on a whim. And afterward I found out it was a signed copy, apparently by her. Not sure if it’s genuine or not though. I just pretend it is. :]

  3. I’ve been wanting to write Joan Fontaine and Luise Rainer, but haven’t gotten around to it yet… All of the Autographs I have are GWTW Related; I have Ann Rutherford, Mary Anderson, Isabel Jewel, Barbara O’neil, Rand Brooks. I wrote Olivia de Havilland this past June and I got a reply in August, It was typed letter signed and signed photograph. I really want a Vivien Leigh Autograph, but I can’t seem to find the right one for the right price.

  4. Amazingly belated comment here, but I hope you’re able to find a Vivien autograph. beware of ebay because I think a lot of those kinds of things are possibly scams. Hurry with Louise Rainer, she’s already 100!

  5. I hate to say this but the first one is a preprinted signature….not a real one. There are many of those cards around but it is not authentic.

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